The Young’uns – twice Best Group winners at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – have released an incredibly moving and powerful video for Be The Man from their stunning new album, Strangers.
The album was released on 29 September and has received widespread acclaim; even our own review at Louder getting a tag line in the album promo:
“Uplifting, inspiring, it’s time to lay out the red carpet and invite Sean Cooney to step forward as a premier league songwriter. Put your boots on Dark Water as Best Original Song at the BBC Folk Awards” – Louder Than War
Strangers contains many songs about real people and their struggles. The Young’uns have been to meet several of these people and have made a series of short videos, entitled ‘The Young’uns Talk To Strangers,’ about the songs and the people involved. They are well worth watching and are all on The Young’Uns YouTube Channel here.
Be the Man was inspired by the incredible story of Matt Ogston, who founded the Naz and Matt Foundation to tackle religious and cultural homophobia following the tragic death of his fiancé.
The video features Matt himself, looking at pictures of himself and Naz from their time together which is moving enough. However the silence and ambiguity of Matt’s words really are emotional.
In April 2015 he embarked upon The Journey to Find Acceptance and walked one hundred and thirty miles from London to Birmingham.
“Wherever there are hands to hold, that’s where I will be.”
The lyrics and message in this song will speak to so many people and it deserves to be shared far and wide.
The Naz And Matt Foundation seek to never let religion, any religion, come in the way of the unconditional love between parents and their children.
The Young’uns will today embark on an extensive 20-date UK tour showcasing their widely acclaimed new album Strangers. The tour will include a debut at London’s Union Chapel and dates at Sage Gateshead (Hall 1), Glasgow’s Oran Mor and The Sugar Club in Dublin – their first headline gig in Ireland.
Support for most dates comes from The Hut People, with singer songwriter Greg Russell opening for the trio in Nottingham and Lincoln.
4 LANCASTER Dukes Theatre https://dukes-lancaster.org/?event=younguns 01524 598 500
5 SHEFFIELD City Hall (Memorial Hall) www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/The-Young-Uns
0114 2 789 789
6 GLASGOW Oran Mor www.seetickets.com/event/the-young-uns/oran-mor/1086128
7 SHREWSBURY Theatre Severn www.theatresevern.co.uk/shows/whatson/the-young-uns/
01743 281281 SOLD OUT
8 OXFORD The North Wall Arts Centre www.thenorthwall.com/whats-on/the-younguns/ 01865 319450
9 COLCHESTER Arts Centre www.colchesterartscentre.com 01206 500900
10 BURY ST EDMUNDS Apex www.theapex.co.uk/whats-on/event/3283/the-younguns 01284 758000
11 BRISTOL Colston Hall Lantern www.colstonhall.org/shows/the-younguns/ 0117 203 4040
12 LONDON Union Chapel https://store.unionchapel.org.uk/events/36caa4b0-fdb6-0134-4600-520ebcb4555f 0871 220 0260
13 SHOREHAM-BY-SEA Ropetackle Arts Centre https://ropetacklecentre.co.uk/events/the-younguns/ 01273 464440
14 LINCOLN Drill Hall www.lincolndrillhall.com/shows/the-young-uns-strangers-album-tour/ 01522 873894
15 NOTTINGHAM Glee Club https://www.glee.co.uk/performer/the-younguns/ 0871 472 0400.
17 BRECON Theatr Brechyneiog https://theatrbrycheiniog.ticketsolve.com/shows/873572817?locale=en-GB 01874 611622
18 SOUTHPORT Atkinson www.theatkinson.co.uk/events/younguns-strangers-album-tour/ 01704 533 333
19 LEEDS City Varieties https://www.cityvarieties.co.uk/online/YoungUns 0113 243 0808
20 MANCHESTER Home – Folk Festival https://www.manchesterfolkfestival.org.uk
22 CANTERBURY Cathedral Lodge www.folkinthebarn.co.uk/WhatsnewInfo.aspx?id=193 01227 831493
24 DUBLIN The Sugar Club
27 GATESHEAD Sage 1 www.sagegateshead.com/event/the-younguns44036/ 0191 443 4661
For more on the Naz and Matt Foundation, click here.
The Young’uns website is here